There’s no doubt about it — you’re going to be eating more sweets during the holidays. If you’ve been following along with our posts for any amount of time, then you know that we shared a little bit about how to take great care of your teeth during the holiday season. (Spoiler alert: just make sure you’re following your normal flossing, brushing, and mouthwash-ing routine without skipping any days!)

But what happens if you find yourself with a toothache while you’re smack dab in the middle of the holidays? It’s not a place that anyone wants to be, but the truth is that it does happen. So what can you do if you’re experiencing pain? Are there at-home remedies that actually work? Do you just have to grin and bear it? We’ll be answering all of these questions and more in today’s post, so keep reading to learn more, courtesy of the team of dental care experts at Corsi Dental Associates!

Natural Toothache Remedies

We’ll be the first to say it: different people will respond to natural remedies with different degrees of success. The truth of the matter is that because you probably can’t pinpoint the exact cause of your toothache on your own, some of the treatments you find will be less effective than others. Here are a few things to try.

Clove Oil

If you can get your hands on clove oil, you’ll find that it can provide you with a bit of relief in some situations. Perhaps you’ve never heard of clove oil before, and that’s okay. Somewhat cinnamon-y in taste, the goal with clove oil is to numb your mouth slightly. Use a cotton swab to apply the clove oil and see if it makes a difference.

Ice

Another simple go-to potential solution is to use ice to numb the area around the toothache. Be sure that you don’t ice for too long, as this can possibly cause nerve damage. Our advice is to use a moldable ice pack wrapped in a dish towel. Apply for ten minutes or so at a time, then remove. Repeat as necessary.

Elevation

One thing that many people find with toothaches is that lying down makes the problem worse. This is because it causes the blood to flow to your head, putting pressure on your tooth. This isn’t what anyone wants, so our advice is to sit upright when possible. A reclining chair may offer the perfect in between solution.

Contact a Woodbury Dentist Today

Of course the best thing you can do is to call your local dentist at the first sign of a toothache. Although the remedies above can help to provide some relief, it’s always best to have a professional take a look.

Fortunately for you, all you have to do is contact the team at Corsi Dental Associates in Woodbury because we’d be glad to get you in to see us as soon as possible. No matter the problem, you can count on us to help. Schedule your appointment today.